Kyrie Irving finally has his playoff moment for Celtics

Kyrie Irving finally has his playoff moment for Celtics

Brown's 23 points were a game-high, with Kyrie Irving (19 points) and Jayson Tatum (18 points) performing like we've seen so many times before. The potential Turner showed his second season where he averaged 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds a game had Pacers fans and experts alike projecting him as a future All-Star if he grew from there.

With the Celtics one game away from sweeping the Pacers, they'll have to defend their home court to keep their season alive. Slightly better than his averages, but certainly a sign that there something he can exploit when IN faces Boston.

Kyrie Irving and the Celtics brace for a "war" against Wesley Matthews and the Pacers in Game 3. And after watching him take over the game, the Pacers were determined to make sure he didn't beat them down the stretch. The Celtics shot 8 of 10 from deep, vs. 7 of 24 the rest of the way, and out-assisted the Pacers, 12 to 4 (while IN out-paced 16-9 them during the following three quarters).

The Celtics' second-best scorer, Jayson Tatum, is hot on Irving's heels, pouring in 26 points in Wednesday's Game 2 victory after adding 15 points in Game 1.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) high fives center Brook Lopez (11) after making a basket during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons.

Following an IN miss, Tatum connected on a 3-pointer from the corner.

He followed that up with this playground finish over Domatas Sabonis. Sportsbooks list IN as a three-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 205 IN the latest Celtics vs. Pacers odds.

It also didn't help that Celtics guard Kyrie Riving scored 37 points leading a fourth quarter rally after the Pacers had regained an 11 point lead heading into the final period.

"I can tell you we wouldn't be the No. 5 seed if not for those two guys", Doug McDermott said not long after the Pacers sang "Happy Birthday" to Bogdanovic following practice. And, given how topsy-turvy this Celtics season has been, it is far more likely than not that there will be plenty of bumps in the road before Boston's playoffs are over.

Even that win, Game 3 of a second-round series with the 76ers, required overtime. Irving knows that it will only be that much harder to dig out of a 12-point, fourth-quarter hole when some unfriendly Midwesterners are screaming for his head.

After a Game 2 loss, Westbrook said he needed to play better, and he did just that on Friday.

Almost one generation has passed since the Boston Celtics last mounted such a sizable postseason comeback.

The Pacers are going to struggle to score in this series; that's a given. Victor Oladipo's anticipated arrival, which might have injected some of his much-heralded energy and positivity into their predicament, never came off because his charter flight was unable to take off from Miami due to weather issues.

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